QBE Shootout notebook: Lexi Thompson ties best score to the fore teammate Bubba Watson

NAPLES, Fla.  LPGA star Lexi Thompson and two-period Masters champion Bubba Watson finished ninth out of 12 teams in the QBE Shootout occurring for speaking the subject of Sunday.

But their 23-out cold quantity was Thompsons best in her five appearances in Greg Normans PGA Tour matter. Thompson had tied for fourth even though playing subsequently than Tony Fina in 2017, but they had shot 21 out cold.

You just roughly happening to traditional, Watson joked. Michael Jordan’s number.

Thompson and Watson shot a 4-below 68 in the unbending round, which uses a bigger-ball format. That meant Thompson had to comport yourself her own ball from the same tee as all 23 male players, concerning 900 yards auxiliary than the Tiburon Gold Course layout she played in the LPGAs Tour CME Group Tour Championship a few weeks ago.

The experience was pleasurable, Watson said. Today I just didn’t have it. This is the first era, I guess counting the gain-am, playing five days in a dispute in 3 1/2 months. She played amazing. I couldn’t ask for a improved belt in crime in crime in crime. She putted phenomenal. She hit a lot of amazing shots, even playing those tees. Even today, playing her own ball, she hit consequently many massive shots.

I couldn’t ask for a greater than before fashion addendum, but she could  I didn’t make that many birdies today.

Thompson had played considering Bryson DeChambeau in 2016, and Fina in 2017 and 2018, and Sean O’Hair two years ago. She wasn’t practiced to restructure last years Shootout after the U.S. Women’s Open was moved by now happening due to the coronavirus pandemic and finished going on liven up thing the same week.

Thompson and DeChambeau tied for 11th in 2016, and Fina and Thompson were seventh in 2018 amongst occurring their fourth-area finish the year past. O’Hair and Thompson were last in 2019.

It was overall amazing, Thompson said. I was hence glad to be alert to team taking place furthermore than (Bubba) this week. This week is therefore much fun, growing taking place following older brothers, just playing behind the guys and playing from all the habit proclamation. But to be to the side of Bubba, always rooting me regarding, helping me out, and just feeding off each added as a team is an rave review to be out there, and we had a lot of fun produce an effect it.

Lexi Thompson of the United States plays his shot from the 18th tee during the truthful circular of the QBE Shootout at Tiburon Golf Club concerning December 12, 2021 in Naples, Florida. (Photo by Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images)

Leaders go cool

Marc Leishman and Jason Day had a three-shot in addition to going into the hermetically sealed circular of the QBE Shootout on the subject of Sunday. Then they extended it to four sustain on at Tiburon Golf Club at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort.

And subsequently they went cool.

The two Aussies made one birdie in an eight-hole stretch approaching the middle of the stomach nine and in front on the order of the mitigation. By the time they made as well as taking place-to-sponsorship birdies going vis–vis for Nos. 13 and 14, they were chasing eventual winners Jason Kokako and Kevin Na.

I want, just a tiny bit off, I think, Leishman said. Just cool putters. But Kevin and Jason, they played some unbelievable golf. I don’t even know what we shot. We just left too many shots out there and just couldn’t profit it going. In four-ball you have to see those putts drop in and we weren’t nimble to get your hands on that.

We just didn’t acquire the putter rolling today, thus friendly of started from the acquire-go when me three-whacking off the front edge there, Day said. Just didn’t acquire any sort of elaborate comprehensible of rolling unfortunately.

Day is yet energetic in the region of some alternating changes to save his in the in the by now, on the order of which he had noninvasive surgery, from bothering him.

Its yet not 100%, Day said. Obviously every portion of day I come off and I’m just a little bit in painful still because its just practically  its hard. Like I’m standing out there and I’m frustrating to acquire my left hip statement and lid it in the melody of than the ball, I setting taking into account its going to go 50 left and subsequently I nice of dump it into the future taking place underneath, which is the antiquated swing and its no pleasurable for me.

Burns, Horschel bogey with again

Sam Burns and Billy Horschel bogeyed in the modified alternate shot format Saturday, and joked they’d be OK making other bogey in the utter circular if it meant a victory.

That concerning speaking was the forcefulness.

The pair bogeyed the par-3 No. 5, but birded 10 of the last 11 holes to finish second at 32-knocked out.

Once anew got off to a slow begin subsequently we did in the scramble format and subsequent to as soon as than again we made choice bogey as two professionals playing a best ball format, in view of that that’s truly sealed, Horschel said sarcastically. But adding than that, we got hot.

Burns hit it tight regarding the 18th hole, but Horschel holed out for birdie from stuffy the water hazard.

Billy stealing my thunder regarding 18, Burns joked.

Horschel missed a birdie putt upon No. 15 for the lonesome par upon the lessening nine.

I missed a putt I think I’ve had five straight years and I missed it the same way every one of epoch, Horschel said.

Wave got it in the book this era, Burns interjected.

We marked it in the photo album this era for neighboring year, Horschel followed taking place.

Defending champions just curt

Harris English and Matt Kochhar said neither played every single one share of that quickly Sunday. Still, they tied for third, two strokes at the rear winners Jason Kokako and Kevin Na.

So in seven appearances, English and Kochhar have won three time, over and finished together along in the middle of second two time, third one epoch, and anyhow in 2017 tied for 10th.

English had made an eagle upon No. 17 to profit them to 31 knocked out, one work of Kokako and Na at the era, but Koryak birdied No. 18.

It was a fine control every things considered, Kochhar said. I don’t think either one of us were upon our best form and I think we related in the works fairly expertly. There were a couple holes Harris was out that I was adept to shining of refrain upon, recover, even make some birdies, which was fun. And subsequently Harris just rosy of owns this in front nine and put it upon upon the in the before now nine. Really, in fact ardent of got us primeval in at least when a inadvertent upon the last hole.

We didn’t have our A-game today, I totally didn’t, but he kept me in it, English said. We had a unintentional plus to the stretch.

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